The amount of things on the Philadelphia Flyers‘ to-do list just keeps climbing. Every time they think something will be out of the way, something else pops up. The truth is, that’s a good thing. Staying busy shows that an organization is growing and striving to be the best it can be. Next season, that “best it can be” mentality might include Jason Akeson.
The 23-year-old had quite the impressive playoff debut against the New York Rangers a few weeks back. In seven games, he scored twice and also tallied a helper. Though his contributions were mostly overlooked, he did raise a couple of eyebrows and got some people thinking; could Akeson make next year’s roster?
It’s definitely a possibility, and here’s why. In 70 games last season with the Adirondack Phantoms, Akeson had quite an impressive campaign. He was the Phantoms’ top scorer with 24 goals and also finished with the most assists (40), points (64), power play points (7) and shots on goal (204). New general manager Ron Hextall has said time and time again that he intends on building the future of the team through its prospects. Right now, Akeson is definitely the most NHL ready. With Steve Downie becoming a free agent this offseason, this could open up a golden opportunity for Akeson to finally earn a full-time roster spot. Though Downie was a lower line guy, he only finished with four goals. The Flyers aren’t in dire need of bringing a guy like him back.
In two career regular season games with the Flyers, Akeson has one goal and one assist with a plus/minus rating of plus-3. He’s definitely made the most of his time on the ice with the orange and black. Fans will have to wait and see what the offseason brings, but right now, there’s a solid chance that Akeson will be a Flyer come opening night next season.